Laser Hair Removal Treatments

Excess or unwanted hair affects both male and female patients, and while it may not be considered a medical emergency, it often results in feelings of self-consciousness and sometimes embarrassment. Patient confidence and satisfaction are Dr. Tyrone’s ultimate concern. Our Gainesville plastic surgery office now provides PRO-NOX™ for patients who wish to undergo laser hair removal treatment. The use of PRO-NOX™ allows for a virtually pain-free treatment as this analgesic eliminates discomfort and relaxes anxious or uncomfortable patients. For smooth skin and renewed self-esteem through a comfortable treatment, schedule a laser hair removal appointment.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser hair removal utilizes the heat from a laser to inhibit hair growth at the follicular level. The laser projects a light which is converted to heat energy and absorbed by the melanin in the patient’s hair. The absorbed heat damages the hair follicles, which prevents hair growth. Multiple treatment sessions are typically needed to entirely remove the hair. For treatment of the face, arms, underarms and bikini area, allow between four and six weeks to pass before scheduling the following session. Larger areas such as the back, chest, and legs require between eight and ten weeks of time to pass between treatment sessions.

Patients may have heard of (or even experienced) painful, uncomfortable laser hair removal sessions; the feeling experienced during a session is often described as having a rubber band popped along the skin or a hot pinprick. Luckily, patients who visit our plastic surgery center in Gainesville no longer have to suffer throughout the entirety of their treatments. We now offer PRO-NOX™ sedation during laser hair removal treatments to provide our patients with a comfortable, pain-free experience.

How Does PRO-NOX™ Work?

PRO-NOX™ is a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen which provides mild sedation as well as pain relief. When PRO-NOX™ is administered the response of the central nervous system is slowed, which both relaxes the patient and lessens discomfort. Patients who have PRO-NOX™ administered to them are not entirely sedated, so this allows our cosmetic plastic surgery team to communicate with the patient to effectively manage discomfort.

What Are The Risks Of PRO-NOX™?

PRO-NOX™ is a relatively safe and risk-free option for slight numbing and sedation purposes. With the use of standard nitrous oxide there is a risk for headache, nausea, drowsiness and sweating. However, our PRO-NOX™ delivery system is equipped with a one-way delivery valve for infection control and an automatic shut-off feature in the event that the levels of oxygen or nitrous oxide become compromised. Additionally, the effects of PRO-NOX™ dissipate as soon as five minutes after the treatment ends, so patients feel normal before leaving our office.

What Laser Hair Removal Technology Is Used?

The Cynosure® Elite+™ is regarded as one of the best laser hair removal devices, which is exactly way our office utilizes it. This device contains two laser wavelengths that are proven to quickly, effectively and safely remove hair for patients of all skin types. Using the Cynosure® Elite+™ the treatment area is able to spot-sized for quickly targeting small or large areas of hair. Additionally, this laser device can be operated with one of two wavelengths; the variation of the wavelength allows patients with varying skin tones to receive the best possible treatment.

What Are The Risks Of Laser Hair Removal?

As with any cosmetic procedure, there are risks of which all patients should be aware of. The majority of patients have great success with laser hair removal treatments, however each patient is different and may experience any of the following side effects:

  • Changes in skin color
  • Skin infection
  • Burns
  • Blisters
  • Scars

Am I A Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?

To confirm candidacy a consultation will be required before scheduling your treatment session. Laser hair removal works best on patients with a significant contrast between hair color and skin color. This contrast allows the laser to effectively pinpoint the dark pigment of the hair to damage growth. Results may vary on patients with gray, red, blonde and white hair as the pigmentation of the hair is not dark. Rest assured that our Gainesville plastic surgeon will discuss the treatment with you and analyze the treatment areas to discuss any concerns and determine candidacy. Medical history, medication use and skin health history will also be assessed during the consultation.

Please note that the eyelids and eyebrows are not recommended for laser hair removal as the risk of an eye injury is significant.

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How Does The Hair Growth Cycle Affect Laser Hair Removal Sessions?

Each patient’s hair cycles through the anagen phase, catagen phase and the telogen phase. The rate of hair growth for each patient varies, as does the time the patient’s hair spends in each phase. Treating hair with laser hair removal while it is in the anagen phase, which is the active hair growth phase, is scientifically proven to be the most effective time to remove hair. Therefore, numerous sessions spaced apart at specific intervals increase the chances of targeting hair during the anagen phase which provides patients with the best results.

What To Expect At Your Appointment

Upon arrival at our office, patients will be guided to a private treatment room and provided with a pair of specialized goggles to protect the eyes. Patients will have PRO-NOX™ administered (if they choose) and the treatment area(s) will be prepared with any necessary shaving and topical anesthetic. Next, the treatment area will have a hand-held laser device applied, the laser beam travels directly to the hair follicle to inhibit hair growth. Typically, this would be painful but through the professional administration of PRO-NOX™, patients note a much more comfortable session.

The areas of the body being treated, as well as the amount of hair, will determine how long the session will take and how many sessions will be necessary. Common treatment areas include the upper lip, chin, neck, back, arms, underarms, legs and bikini area. For example, a small area such as the upper lip may only require several minutes but a larger area such as the legs may require a few hours.

Results & Recovery

After your session has ended, the PRO-NOX™ will be withdrawn and aftercare procedures will be discussed. Swelling, redness and slight discomfort are normal and to be expected after treatment. Avoid sun exposure for at least six weeks and apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis. Additionally, waxing or plucking the hair at the treatment areas between sessions should be avoided. Otherwise, patients are free to resume regular activities as soon as they like. Patients will notice hair loss over the following days and weeks; it is normal to still notice hair after the first session. Patients will likely need between two and six sessions to treat hair as it goes through the natural hair growth cycle — treating follicles in the new-growth stage is most effective.

The overall results after a session are difficult to predict as patient skin tone and hair pigmentation widely vary. But with each subsequent session the appearance of hair is lessened. Some patients note that hair removal lasts for several months or years, while other patients require maintenance treatments to maintain desired hair-free areas. Any hair that does regrow is typically lighter in color and finer in texture.

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John W. Tyrone, M.D. Pllc. strives to keep you comfortable, confident and satisfied. Schedule a consultation in our state-of-the-art facility and bring your results to life before the procedure even begins.

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